The University Challenge Seed Fund (UCSF)

The University Challenge Seed Fund scheme aims to assist university researchers to bring university research discoveries to a point where their commercial usefulness can be demonstrated, and the first steps taken to ensure their utility. The primary focus is the exploitation of research outcomes.

Applications Procedure:

A researcher wishing to apply for UCSF Funds should contact either the Licensing and Ventures Manager at Oxford University Innovation with whom they are already working or the Head of New Venture Support and Funding at Oxford University Innovation ( to be put in touch with the appropriate Licensing and Ventures Manager.

Eligible Projects must fall into one of these categories:

  • Initial proof of concept
  • Pre-patent research
  • Reduction to practice
  • Commercial demonstration

Further information regarding UCSF and the application procedure can be found here.

Nessa Carey, entrepreneur in residence at the Medica Sciences Division, prepared some very useful videos to help with applications to the Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund. We highly recommend watching these before applying to UCSF.

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